It's easy to see former Rep. Nan Hayworth, R-N.Y., misses Congress.
Earlier this year, she was spied making the rounds with her old colleagues on the House floor. More recently, in an interview with CQ Roll Call, she sported her Congressional pin.
"It was wonderful to be among colleagues from all across the country, all different political persuasions, representing the whole American spectrum," she said on July 22. In 2012, Hayworth lost her bid for a second term to Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., by about 4 percent. Their battle for the Hudson Valley-based 18th District is one of several rematches this fall.
The race was off the party's competitive radar for much of the cycle, as Maloney frequently stomped Hayworth in fundraising. But in June, Hayworth infused her campaign with $500,000, boosting her prospects. "I’m fully committed to making sure we have the resources we need to win this election, for the right reasons," she said of her capacity to self-fund her campaign . "I’m the right fit for the Hudson Valley." As for rival, she described Maloney as having "an air of privilege."
"It crystalized really in the fact that he publicized using a drone for his wedding that is forbidden by FAA regulations," she said in the interview. "Wouldn't it be nice if all of us could just disregard the law that way ? But we can’t."
"He sits on the committee that has jurisdiction over the FAA so he certainly should have known. And that is emblematic of a certain approach, ‘I am special,'" she added.
There is enough confusion about the legality of commercial drones to merit a New York Times story , and the congressman issued a statement to CQ Roll Call that previously appeared in other publications:
"Like most people who are about to get married, I wasn’t up-to-date on the lack of regulations around the emerging technology of a wedding photographer mounting a camera on a remote control helicopter, and a month after our wedding, even more judges have confirmed the absence of laws and regulations. Every day another group of photographers, filmmakers, farmers, search and rescue teams, or researchers are expressing their frustration with the total lack of clarity on a technology that could save lives or simply take a few wedding photos."The race is rated Democrat Favored by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
Hayworth's Team: E. O'Brien Murray (general consultant), Tarrance Group (polling), Majority Strategies (direct mail), Ed Traz of The Traz Group (also direct mail) and Jamestown & Associates (media).
Previous candidate interviews:
- Senate in Oklahoma: Republican James Lankford
- Arizona’s 7th District: Democrat Ruben Gallego
- Senate in Alaska: Republican Dan Sullivan
- New Hampshire’s 2nd District: Republican Marilinda Garcia
- Utah’s 4th District: Republican Bob Fuehr
- Massachusetts’ 6th District: Democrat Seth Moulton
- New York’s 1st District: Republican Lee Zeldin
- Senate in Kansas: Republican Milton Wolf
- West Virginia’s 2nd: Republican Alex Mooney
- Georgia’s 1st District: Republican Bob Johnson
- Georgia’s 10th District: Republican Mike Collins
- Senate in Minnesota: Republican Julianne Ortman
- Georgia’s 10th District: Republican Donna Sheldon
- California’s 25th District: Democrat Lee Rogers
- Michigan’s 7th District: Democrat Pam Byrnes
- Nevada’s 3rd District: Democrat Erin Bilbray
- Illinois’ 13th District: Democrat Ann Callis
- Ohio’s 6th District: Democrat Jennifer Garrison
- Michigan’s 1st District: Democrat Jerry Cannon
- Montana’s At-Large District: Democrat John Lewis
- New York’s 23rd District: Democrat Martha Robertson
- Senate in North Carolina: Republican Thom Tillis
- Senate in Alaska: Republican Mead Treadwell
- Senate in South Carolina: Republican Lee Bright
- Senate in Iowa: Republican David Young
- Senate in Kentucky: Republican Matt Bevin
- Illinois’ 12th District: Republican Mike Bost
- Idaho’s 2nd District: Republican Bryan Smith
- Michigan’s 14th District: Democrat Rudy Hobbs
- California’s 45th District: Republican Mimi Walters
- Senate in Iowa: Republican Matt Whitaker
- Senate in Nebraska: Republican Shane Osborn
- Minnesota’s 6th District: Republican Tom Emmer
- Minnesota’s 6th District: Democrat Jim Graves
- Florida’s 2nd District: Democrat Gwen Graham
- Pennsylvania’s 13th District: Democrat Daylin Leach
- Maine’s 2nd District: Democrat Emily Cain